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Any Direction

June 7, 2011

Yeah he’s drunk too much coffee once again

Fyfe Dangerfield. Livewire. High on the Tide. So Brand New.

I was just listening to Fyfe’s Any Direction (watch the Bandstand Busking version of the song here).

And there’s life going on but we’re too busy talking
What I am trying to say
Is that we’re losing our way

But this could go in any direction
Any direction at all
This could go in any direction
Any direction at all

And some heart is always going to get broken
And somebody’s always going to crack
Something is always going to be incomplete
But you have to stop this looking back

This could go in any direction
Any direction at all
This could go in any direction
Any direction at all

It’s one thing to say we’re losing our way – in fact, we can all admit that if we’re totally honest – but it’s another thing altogether to point out the way to go. Jesus famously said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no-one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Maybe there is only one true direction, one way which leads us to a relationship with God, one way that essentially leads us to life, and life in all its fullness. Jesus did say, after all, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Glen Scrivener takes us through this verse in his talk on guidance (well-worth a listen):

“Trust in the LORD. Don’t trust in yourself.  We are fools, we mustn’t trust in our wisdom or our ability to navigate through life.  Trust in the LORD and not with the fear of the tight-rope walker or the detachment of the boundary keeper.  Trust in Him with all your heart – have heart-felt affection for this LORD who has brought you into His house in order to give you feasting and true life.  Don’t lean on your own understanding, we’re naturally foolish, we all need to begin again with the teaching of Jesus.  And then, I love the second sentence there.

In all your ways acknowledge Him. You see we do have different ways that we can travel on, and they are truly our ways – so the tight-rope walker is wrong.  But as we travel on these different ways we are to acknowledge Him.  Literally that word is ‘to know’ Him. Whatever path we take we are to walk it with the LORD.  Take the job, don’t take it. Marry the person, don’t marry them but whatever you do, know the LORD.

And then the promise ‘He will make your paths straight.’ That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy.  A straight path can take you straight through a dark forest or straight into the path of a roaring lion.  But the thing about a straight path is, you can see the end.  And the end, for someone who belongs to Wisdom is life and a feast that will make all our journeys worth the trouble.”


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